AFTER 58 days, 57 witnesses and more than 750 exhibits brought by the prosecution team, today the Kuala Lumpur (KL) High Court will decide on Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s (picture) seven charges of misappropriation of RM42 million in SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds.
Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali is scheduled to pronounce the verdict at 10am where all eyes will be on Najib, whether he will have to enter his defence or become a free man on three charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering of SRC International’s funds.
Mohd Nazlan had previously fixed Dec 3-4, Dec 9-12 and Dec 16-19 for Najib to enter his defence if the court were to find that the prosecution has established a prima facie case against him.
Najib becomes the first former prime minister to find himself sitting in the dock since the trial began on April 3 this year.
He is accused of committing seven offences between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.
Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah led the defence team. Najib was first brought to the KL Sessions Court on July 4, 2018, to face three counts of CBT and one count of abuse of power in connection with SRC International funds totalling RM42 million.
On Aug 8 the same year, he was charged again in the Sessions Court on three counts of money laundering involving the same amount of the same funds. The cases were later transferred to the High Court with the charges consolidated in one trial.
Last August, Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas had said the prosecution was resting its case against Najib after re-examining its last witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission senior assistant commissioner (Special Operations Division) Rosli Husain.
“With this My Lord, the trial which began on April 3 this year, after 58 days and 57 witnesses, has come to an end. I formally close the prosecution’s case,” Bernama reported him as saying.
He informed the court that the prosecution would offer 66 witnesses to the defence should defence is called.
During the trial, the prosecution had tendered hundreds of documents including bank documents relating to Najib’s bank accounts, cash transactions, minutes of meetings and BlackBerry Messenger chats over Najib’s transactions.
Notable witnesses included AmBank Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager R Uma Devi, 40; Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) former CEO Datuk Azian Mohd Noh, 66; former SRC International chairman Tan Sri Ismee Ismail, 54; and SRC International non-ED Datuk Suboh Md Yassin, 68.
Others were former Finance Ministry secretary general Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, 67; former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu Ging Ping, 48, and former Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, 67.
If convicted, Najib faces up to 15 years imprisonment and a fine of up to five times the sum or value of the illicit proceeds or RM5 million, whichever is higher, on each count. — TMR